Mission & Vision

Our Mission

To secure equal rights and protections for LGBTQ Utahns and their families.

Our Vision

A fair and just Utah.

Our History

With a vision of a fair and just Utah, Unity Utah was founded in 2001 by a group of visionary members of the Utah lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community. Unity Utah's initial goal was to increase the number of fair-minded elected officials holding office.

In an effort to better support its mission of securing equal rights and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Utahns and their families Unity Utah became Equality Utah Political Action Committee in 2004. At the same time, two other organizations were formed: Equality Utah and Equality Utah Foundation.

  • Equality Utah drafts legislation and coordinates lobby efforts to ensure its passage.
  • Equality Utah PAC focuses on endorsing and supporting candidates who are supportive of gay and transgender issues.
  • Equality Utah Foundation focuses on education designed to empower and activate people in the political process.

Sharing a single mission and vision, these three organizations continue to work on behalf of Utah's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Policy Initiatives

After historic wins in both marriage and statewide nondiscrimination, Utah’s LGBTQ community looks forward to a bright future. Though we have made significant gains in achieving legal equality, we still have work left to accomplish. Equality Utah continues to advocate for policies that provide legal parity for LGBTQ Utahns in all areas governed by civil law.

Accordingly, we support:

1.     A revised hate crimes statute that will protect all Utahns regardless of race, religion, nation of origin, ability, sexual orientation and gender identity

2.     A plan to end the harmful practice of conversion therapy

3.     Work to improve access to insurance coverage for transgender-related care

4.     Inclusion within the state’s existing public accommodations laws

5.     Gender-neutral designations for single-occupancy bathroom stalls

6.     Removal of LGBTQ speech restrictions for Utah educators

7.     Preventing harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and expression in Utah's public schools and in foster care and juvenile detention settings

8.     Juvenile justice reform policies that protect LGBTQ minors in state custody

 

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